Canines on Campus: Companion Animals at Postsecondary Educational Institutions

63 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2011 Last revised: 21 Aug 2012

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Rebecca J. Huss

Valparaiso University Law School

Date Written: October 5, 2011


This Article focuses on the issues that arise when students wish to attend a postsecondary institution accompanied by an animal. The Article begins by analyzing the federal law applicable to students bringing service and assistance animals to campus. The use of animal-assisted activities on campus is also explored. The Article continues with an examination of policies allowing students to have companion animals in campus housing. Concerns raised by administrators about allowing animals on campus are then considered. Finally, the Article sets forth the measures an educational institution should implement to ensure compliance with the law and proposes actions that can be taken to protect humans and safeguard the companion animals on campus.

Keywords: service animal, post-secondary education, education law, companion animal, animal law, Americans with Disabilities Act, Fair Housing Act

Suggested Citation

Huss, Rebecca J., Canines on Campus: Companion Animals at Postsecondary Educational Institutions (October 5, 2011). 77 Missouri Law Review 417 (2012), Valparaiso University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 11-16, Available at SSRN:

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